10 Ways to Permanently Streamline Your Workday

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Create a Window of Reflection

Most people spend a lot more time reacting -- to employee issues, customer requests, market conditions, etc -- than they do reflecting. Schedule a little quiet time. Close your door and think. Better yet, go for a walk. Exercise does more to bolster thinking than thinking does; walking just 40 minutes three days a week builds new brain cells and improves memory functions. And don't worry that something bad will happen while you're gone -- most of the time the issues you avoid will solve themselves.